Sunday, May 31, 2009

CKU-Nashville

Made it home safe and sound from CKU-Nashville. Oh my - what a FAB-U-LOUS time I had!! I am hooked and can't wait to go back to the next one. Here are a few pictures that chronicle my adventures....

My first class of the day was with Margie Romney-Anslett. What a fun, fun lady! She has a great attitude and knows how to have a good time! She's starting a new kit club as well. You can check it out HERE.


Sweet, adorable Elizabeth Kartchner. She was chosen as the 2007 Scrapbooker of the Year by Creating Keepsakes Magazine. She is such a lovely person. I would love to be her friend. Her spirit and view on the world around her is simply wonderful. We all need women like this in our life. And Lizzy, if you're looking, you are amazing and I'm so happy to be your favorite scrapbooker *smile*.

Tim Holtz. What more can I say. He's an icon in the industry and I know that my meeting him has made my friend Janet so green with envy. The projects we made in his class will be treasures for me. I will take pictures and share then with you. Nice, nice man that really knows how to keep a class on track.

Teresa Collins. Look up the term "girly-girl" and there is a picture of her. What a pleasure to have met her. I would love to have her style. She cried during our class when she spoke of losing her mother 7 years ago. Immediately I thought "this woman is a romantic tender-heart." She was lovely. I am coveting her big diamond bobble bracelet. I need to find one...seriously!

In my costume for the dorm contest. We were the Scrap Chicks Supremo. Three dorms were chosen to perform and we were one of them.

The Scrap Chicks Supremo - Nancy, Me, Katy, Kara, Kimberly, and Janelle. These ladies are absolutely amazing and made my trip unforgettable!!

Here we are performing on-stage during the Pep-Rally. We sang Scrappin Queen to the tune of Dancing Queen. Margie and Teresa posted pictures of us on their blogs!

Another performance picture.

Margie and Kimberly. I post this picture because Kimberly paid $400 for this apron that she is wearing. The money went to Breast Cancer research. I absolutely LOVE her!


Lastly, another picture of the Scrap Chicks Supremo on our last night after graduation.
Attending CKU was one of the items on my bucket list....so....another one gets crossed off today!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Take me out to the ballgame...

I love live baseball! Last night I caught the Tennessee Smokies game. It was great fun.

Here we have the home team warming up...

And what's a game without the mascots? I think the green one might be a girl...is that light green thing hanging down the back of it's head a ponytail? Not sure...

The National Anthem...

Hey batta batta SWING!

Stealing first base...

Uh oh...the pitcher isn't doing so well. Meeting on the mound (he got to stay)...

Canzler tossing a few balls out to the kids (I love generous ball players!)

The Chicken Run!

Somehow this guy reminds me of my son, William. I think it's the way he holds the bat.


I always loved sitting on the first base line...wonder why....hmmm....

Monday, May 25, 2009

"Slap yo' Mama" Kinda Good...

I love to experiment and try new recipes. Last night I was having a burger for dinner and desperately wanted some onion rings. I went to my new favorite blog (the stories of her and Marlboro Man will absolutely slay you! She's got an amazing sense of humor). Low and behold but she had a recipe for these thin onion strips. They were unbelivably easy to make and taste FAB-U-LOUS!! Seriously, you need to try these...

Pioneer Woman's Onion Straws

1 large onion
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 scant tablespoon salt
Lots of black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Canola Oil

Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk for at least one hour.
Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
Heat oil to 375 degrees.
Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tab to shake off excess, and PLUNGE into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown.
Repeat until onions are gone.E
at before your family sees them.
Repeat with another onion, because they’ll be really mad they didn’t get any.

**I have ordered 4 new cookbooks from the local library. Stay tuned for more recipes!**

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Practicing the Dance...

I can't tell you why I'm practicing this until next week (because it's a big secret) but next Monday I'll be able to show you pictures of ME doing this!!

I luff her...

My little Honor Pookie Lewis...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Excuse me, but I think you have my stapler.

I have wanted one of these for years. Finally bought one for myself today. Now all I need is flair.....(if you have no idea what I'm talking about then you need to check out this and this).

Monday, May 04, 2009

Monday


We now interrupt this blog for a moment of peace and healing.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Loved This!

OY VEY...how's this for an apology???

ok i am still here reading.
i have been all night following the comments
kandi should NOT have posted. it only got everyone fired up again. (thank you kandi for trying but it didnt help)
maybe i am firing everyone up again?
i dont know i want you to know i am human.
your words hurt
i dont care if you buy my products...who cares.
what i do care about is the attack on my character.

i made a mistake, yes, bad business...it is not the way i run my company, nor the way i want to run my company.

i wish i could just walk away from the computer but it is like watching a train wreck and i am in the train.
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Man oh man...she just doesn't get it.
And don't you just love the part where she say she doesn't care if you buy her products?
Such good business savvy.....

Friday, May 01, 2009

Donna Downey, YOU SUCK!!

If you don't want to read my post or intend on putting up a nasty comment because I am about to BASH Donna Downey then just move your happy a$$ on along......seriously! This is MY blog and I'll write whatever in the hell I want with it.
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I am attending the Inspired in a week. I am pissed...PISSED that I have given Donna Downey my money!! However, I will never EVER buy another Donna Downey product, look at her blog again, have anything to do with this woman. You won't believe this....read this story from a fellow attendee...
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this just sucks in so many ways I was diagnosed with sinus cancer. I have been through the hoops of tests and all that crap that goes along with it. Each time I was told "you'll have surgery within the next 2 weeks" it ended up being longer. So, I had plans to go to the Donna Downey Inspired event. I was meeting AKathy there. We haven't seen each other in a couple of years. I was excited and knowing the scheduling of my tests and the timing, I was hoping to go to the event and then have surgery. Well, it is cancer after all and my surgeon wants to do it on the 5th. I contacted Inspired folks and they have no emergency medical cancellation policy. As a matter of fact, I'm not even allowed to sell it or give it away either. They will send me the kits. I have spent $630 and they will send me kits. She said they have already ordered the supplies so that is how it goes. Yeah, I know my luck is bad. And the hits just keep on coming. My friend sent me a link to a yahoo group for Inspired. I went on hoping to sell my spot but as I was accepted to the group, I heard from the Inspired folks that I am out of luck. Can't sell it or give the spot away. I posted on the yahoo board about this. I was very surprised/disappointed/shocked etc. Now I guess since I rocked the happy boat, they have now kicked me off that board with out so much as a word. I am not being bitchy. I am not trying to piss anybody off. I am just frustrated. I have someone in the vicinity of the event that might want to go. I am going to take the kits since it's all I can get. But really, does this surprise anyone else? I can prove I am having surgery. I can prove the diagnosis. I am not looking for a freebie. Can't they just charge me for the materials? It just makes me sad. I don't want cancer. I want to go to Inspired and maybe I am just having a pity party. Thanks for listening. (sorry I can't go with you Kathy!!!)
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So apparently Donna Downey calls her back and tells her...

update ********************* Donna called me. She was very kind. And very sympathetic to my situation. There was a misunderstanding on the yahoo board, it seems. Someone over there decided to defend me in a lengthy post and it misconstrued the info. And I had nothing to do with that. She did explain their policy and why it's in place. The money has already been spent. They pay teachers, supplies, travel, etc. It is a business after all. I just want to move on. I have a lot on my plate. I need to get myself mentally prepared for what lies ahead. And I have an 8 yr old here that needs me.

Let me just say the cancer stuff is legitimate. She has proof and both the airlines and hotel have refunded her money.
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Hours later on the 2 peas message board Donna finally decides to give this gal her money back after self-admittingly being "hit over the head with a bag of bricks". Really? It took a bag of bricks for you to see you'd been wrong in your stance on this??

I say too little, too late Donna...there is no remorse in your reply.

Never, EVER again Donna Downey!!! Although I will attend the Inspired event (because I won't lose my $1000+), I will not purchase one thing at the event that will put any money in your pocket AND I will boycott everything that has your hand in it from this point forward.